Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Updates from around the league
Lots of injuries coming out of Week 2. Here are the highlights:
Matt Hasselbeck got "McNabbed" on Sunday, and it doesn't look like he'll be able to play in Week 3 against Chicago. Even if he does play with his cracked rib, you shouldn't trust him.
Brett Favre bent a fingernail back on his throwing hand. Something tells me that's not going to keep him from starting in his 272nd consecutive game.
Concerned about Aaron Rodgers taking five sacks from Antwan Odom on Sunday? Get ready for more, as LT Chad Clifton is expected to miss Week 3 and will be replaced by Daryn Colledge, who was burned repeatedly by Odom after Clifton left the game with a sprained ankle. Rams DEs Leonard Little and Chris Long could have a field day on Sunday. Hopefully Rodgers will get a little more time to find Greg Jennings (he of the Week 2 goose egg) this week.
Mike Bell had a nice run as the Saints' starting RB, but after spraining his MCL on Sunday, the party could be over for him. Pierre Thomas should be ready to step back into the lineup, and he's always shined when given the spotlight. A healthy Bell will certainly be woven back into the rotation, but my guess is that Thomas will solidify his hold on the lead role with a good performance against the Bills on Sunday.
The quad injury to Marion Barber will cost him 1-2 weeks, according to NBC-5 in Dallas. Look for a heavy dose of Felix Jones vs. Carolina on Monday night, interspersed with a little Tashard Choice. After Week 3, my preseason projection of Jones being as valuable a pick as Barber (for a fraction of the price) should be on track.
Expect to see Brian Westbrook sit out practice most of the week with his ankle sprain. But as we've seen over the years, Westy often plays without practicing, and he usually plays very well. Don't hesitate to start him vs. KC if he's in the lineup.
How long before Donald Brown supplants Joseph Addai in the starting RB role in Indy? Not much longer, if last night's game was any indication. Addai has to shoulder some of the blame for the Colts' historically low time of possession. And the rookie's TD run was a thing of beauty, unless you're a Dolphins fan like me.
Though it's not official yet, Troy Williamson is probably out for the year with a torn labrum in his shoulder. If you drafted him as a late-round flier after his breakout preseason, feel free to drop him now. Grab Mario Manningham if he's available.
The following WRs will likely remain in "day-to-day" status all week: Antonio Bryant (knee), Lance Moore (hammy), DeSean Jackson (groin) and Wes Welker (knee). Dominick Hixon's (knee) status has not yet been reported, but it appears that Manningham has leapt over him on the depth chart anyway.
Johnny Knox is pushing Earl Bennett for the Bears' starting WR job. Apparently Bennett's BFF ties to Jay Cutler from Vandy aren't enough to stave off competition from a more polished, faster receiver.
Plaxico Burress begins a 2-year jail sentence today. He'll probably get out in 20 months. How the mighty have fallen...